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Gippsland Biomass Audit and Project Opportunity Analysis
Darren McCubbin, Acting General Manager of Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN), speaks about the benefit of the Frontier Impact Group Bioenergy report.
About the Report
Bioenergy provides an exciting opportunity for growth in the Gippsland region - especially as Victoria recovers from economic losses experienced as a result of COVID-19.
As part of the Bioenergy Roadmap for Gippsland, Frontier Impact Group (FIG) was commissioned by the Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN) to undertake a biomass audit and analysis of the region. This audit looked at a number of biomass feedstocks and sustainable technologies - innovative projects and resource streams that have the potential to deliver ground breaking conservation wins while stimulating economic growth.
A key focus for FIG has been to consider the investment readiness of a technology given that aim has been to achieve large scale investment within a short period of time. FIG has determined that bioenergy could provide opportunities for regional growth in a post COVID-19 environment that are both substantial and sustainable.
This report undertook a high-level review of current available biomass feedstocks and potential future biomass feedstocks in Gippsland and assessed the potential optimal use of these in bioenergy projects. The aim of the review was to assess the potential economic opportunity for the Gippsland region by analysing multiple technology processes and energy sources and evaluating the most sustainable technologies for each of the feedstocks. Value-add opportunities arising from the outputs of bioenergy processes were also analysed - this included both core bioenergy products and by-products.